RESIDENTS of northern Namibia are anxiously following the COVID-19 situation in Angola, fearing that the deadly virus might eventually sneak over the border where almost no control over people entering and leaving the country illegally exists.
The danger of violating lockdown regulations was recently demonstrated in practice in Namibia’s northern neighbour where confirmed cases of coronavirus infection have now broken through the cordon around the Angolan capital and have moved south, transported by people who travelled secretly.
The state-owned Jornal de Angola quoted deputy health minister Franco Mufinda as saying that three residents of Luanda travelled illegally to the Kwanza Norte province where they tested SARS-CoV2 positive, becoming the first confirmed cases outside Luanda.
As of 17 June, Angola registered six COVID-9 related deaths out of a 148 confirmed cases. 83 of the cases was incidents of communal transmission which is now expected to start slowly moving south.
The news from Angola has given rise to fears among residents of northern Namibia that the deadly virus might eventually reach them from the Angolan side of the border.
The border between the two countries is officially closed. However, there is sufficient proof that residents on either side of the border are still entering and exiting without much difficulty.
Namibia has not recorded any COVID-19 related deaths since the pandemic was declared, but the reality of the porous border between the two countries could cause incidents of infection with SARS-CoV2 to rise sharply.